Kol Ami: The Rally against the Agreement with Iran...

Jul 31, 2015 by

The rally held in Times Square on July 22 attracted thousands of Jews who wanted to make sure Congress heard their cry to reject the deal the Obama administration has struck with Iran. At the rally, the question was: Why did you come?   I’m a Democrat, and I am here to urge Israel’s supporters in Congress to vote “no” on this deal, which is good only for Iran. New York Assemblyman David Weprin 24th Assembly District Fresh Meadows, NY   I’m here on behalf of the 400,000 members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to represent their interests against this terrible deal which guarantees Iran a path to a nuclear weapon with the means to deliver it. This deal will give Iran $150 billion to continue its role as the number one state-sponsor of...

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Community Log – August 2015 “Separate Yourself Not from the Community”...

Jul 16, 2015 by

The Log: “Separate Yourself Not from the Community” (Hillel)  Wed., Aug 26 End of Summer Camp: An Experience That Will Last a Lifetime, for special-needs children, The Friendship Circle, Paramus, 10am-3pm, 201-262-7172 Fair Lawn Gown Gemach, spons by Anshe Lubavitch of Fair Lawn, private location in Fair Lawn, 1-2:30pm and 7-8:30pm, 201-797-1770, call for appointment Blood Drive, Young Israel of Teaneck, 3-8pm, 201-708-5249 AMIT Back to School Event, with bouncy houses, face-painting, pizza, ice cream, and more, private home in Englewood, 3:30-5:30pm, 212-792-5690 Cancer Support Group, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, 4pm, 201-833-3336 Second Generation, for children of Holocaust Survivors, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7pm, 201-837-9090 “Navigating the Medicaid Process,” Sam Aryeh, CareOne, Teaneck, 7pm, 201-862-3300 Abused Women’s Confidential Support Group, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-837-9090 Tiferes Video: “The King Is in the...

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A Day of Unity to Remember Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal with a Promenade, a Torah, and a New Police Hotline...

Jun 19, 2015 by

The arrival of June 12, the first anniversary of the terrorist abduction and murder of Israeli teenagers, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha’ar, and Eyal Yifrah, prompted many individual Jews and Jewish organizations alike to do something to memorialize the boys as well as recapture the sense of unity that their tragedy inspired. For many Jews, June 12 was a Day of Unity. On June 12, 2014, the three teens were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists at a bus stop in Gush Etzion as they were making their way home from their yeshivas. Eighteen days later, after more than two weeks of prayers and searches that seemed to consume the entire Israeli population and their supporters around the world in an campaign that became known as “Operation Brothers’ Keeper,” the boys’ bodies were found in the Hebron...

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A Sephardic “Merchant of Venice” Deals with Love, Commerce, and Bigotry...

Jun 14, 2015 by

By Chana Lieba Rosenbluth “The Merchant of Venice” currently running at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan will not please Shakespearean purists. But it should please everyone else. Long viewed as the archetype of antisemitic literature, this “Merchant” reflects the sensibilities of the American Sephardi Federation, under whose auspices it is being presented. In this production, the Jewish characters are Sephardic Jews. When they sing, it is either in the Hebrew of the Siddur or the Ladino of their culture. In fifth grade, my class at the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey presented an abridged version of “Julius Caesar,” using a girls-only cast in a play that originally boasts exactly two female characters. The RYNJ version, which was cut so that it ran only about 45 minutes, retained only the barest bones of...

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Community Log Additions for June 2015...

Jun 1, 2015 by

Sun., June 28 Free Smoke Alarm Installation, for residents of Clifton, spons by the Red Cross Home Fire-Preparedness Campaign, the city of Clifton, and FMBA Local 21, to make an appointment, smokealarms@cliftonnj.org Minyan Appreciation Day: Davening and Bikur Cholim at Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, meet at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15am; davening, followed by breakfast and bikur cholim, 8:45am, samapprais@aim.com Community Collaborative Conference: “Educating and Inspiring Our Children Together,” Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, “Midrashic Models of Education,” Shani Taragin, includes breakfast, 8:30am; “Helping Our Kids Find Meaning in Tefillah,” Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz; “”Funtional Illiteracy and ‘Edu-tainment’—Balancing Substance and Excitement in Our Classrooms,” Rabbi David Katz; “Making Middot Permanent,” Rabbi Steven Pruzansky;” “Inspiration Sparks: Gifting Our Children with Gifts of Value,” Sharon Richter; “Breaking the Tefilla Apathy,” Rabbi Ezra Weiner, 10am; “Buy...

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Community Log Additions for May 2015...

Apr 30, 2015 by

Here are the community events for May 2015. Click to read the most recent updates… Click the link below to see the day-to-day Log of Events Sun., May 31 Davening and Bikur Cholim at Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, meet at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15am; davening, followed by breakfast and bikur cholim, 8:45am, samapprais@aim.com Hebrew School, for older special-needs children and teens, holidays, traditions, and Hebrew, Friendship Circle, Livingston, 9:30am, 973-251-0200 Partners in Torah’s Passaic Breakfast, honoring Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Coby and Bess Adler, Mordechai and Sara Allen, and Meira Katz and Nina Jaffee, Tifereth Israel Hall, Passaic, 9:30am, 973-221-3650 “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, presented by the Riverdale Children’s Theater, at The Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy, Bronx, 2 and 6pm, 646-436-3045 Mekhelat Hamercaz Jewish Choir of Central NJ: From Baroque to...

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Community Log Additions for April 2015...

Mar 30, 2015 by

Here are the community events for April. Click to read the most recent updates… Click the link below to see the day-to-day Log of Events Fri., April 24 “In Defense of Consumerism: The Benefits of Owning Lots of Stuff,” Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, spons by Chabad at the Shore, at the Linwood Library, 12:15pm, 609-992-4100 Rockland County Jewish Film Festival: “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker,” with producers Sue and Lloyd Ecker, audience invited to come dressed up like a red hot mama with boas and sequins, Lafayette Theater, Suffern, 1:30pm, 845-362-4400 Free Seminar on Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Barbara Ben-David, Shops at Riverside, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, 1:30pm, barbbbd@yahoo.com Rutgers Chabad Prospective Student Shabbaton, for high school juniors and seniors, boys and girls, Rutgers Chabad, through Shabbat, April 25, 201-937-8442, 201-625-5279, or 732-296-1800 HaRav Yeshaya Steinberger, scholar-in-residence, Cong Beth...

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